Last year on March 16, Match Day, I got accepted into the Veteran’s Affairs (VA) of Western New York Healthcare System chiropractic residency program. Selection of VA chiropractic residents is done through a standardized process, but like me, you may still wonder what is involved in that process. This post is simply an explanation of my experiences and understanding of the chiropractic residency application, interviews, and matching.
Since this is the first year for VA Puget Sound to have a chiropractic resident, we have been doing a lot of trailblazing. My VA is split into two locations: Seattle and Tacoma. The Tacoma location has two well-established chiropractors, while the main hospital in Seattle has none. So, when I’m on rotation in Seattle, I am frequently met with curiosity and a lot of questions; commonly I am told that I am the only chiropractor many providers have ever met. I knew that Neurosurgery had been hesitant to even open the door for communication between our departments, let alone take me on rotation for an entire month, but after some reassurance from my attending, it was decided.
The global COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the healthcare system and has changed how we provide care to patients; the VA Chiropractic Residency is no exception. While the annual residency cycle started as scheduled on July 1, 2020, with the 2021 class of chiropractic residents, our resident class will surely have a unique experience with unique challenges and opportunities
How the Miami VA Medical Center Chiropractic Department implemented policies to provide essential services to veterans in need.
Over the past several months healthcare professionals, public health workers, and citizens have been working (mostly) together to implement new policies and changes to healthcare delivery that will create a safe environment for patient populations and healthcare employees alike. These limitations have prevented many with musculoskeletal pain, a condition affecting millions, from receiving treatment services. The suspension, delay, or discontinuation of these services can, unfortunately, produce undesirable consequences including increased pain, depression, and disability. Auspiciously, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has implemented policies to help mitigate these unfavorable consequences and provide safe, effective, and essential chiropractic services throughout this global pandemic.
As doctors of chiropractic, we graduate “practice-ready,” meaning that based on our rigorous training we are qualified to immediately enter the workforce. While this designation accurately reflects our training, is this the most beneficial approach for both individual practice and as a collective unit within the evolving modern-day healthcare system? While conceptually I understood the value of a residency before I started my VA experience, I needed to immerse myself fully to recognize the advantages that a program like this offers, not only personally but collectivistically to the entire profession.
As a resident at the VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System, students and new graduates alike frequently ask me about my experience as a resident and how it varied from my time as a student clerk at the St. Louis VA Medical Center. To help provide a better perspective on the two types of positions, I’ve invited three New York Chiropractic College (NYCC) students who are currently finishing their clerkships at the VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System to reflect on their experience. In addition, I have provided a brief description of the two positions.
With all the career options available for today’s chiropractic students, how does one narrow the field and identify the right path? That question weighed heavily on Keiser University student Casey Rogers…until his clerkship at the Miami Veterans Affairs (VA) health system. That’s where Rogers discovered not only an appreciation for treating the deserving men and women who have served our country, but also his passion for the VA's multidisciplinary, team-based approach to care.
As an institution that serves more than 9 million veterans nationwide, the Veterans Health Administration provides a unique environment for patient care with both the patient and provider experience being quite distinct when compared to other healthcare settings. However, one constant no matter what the setting may be is that the patient, and in this case the veteran, should remain at the center of clinical decision making. In my short time as a VA resident, I have discovered that the first step in maintaining a veteran-centered approach to care is preparation.
A new cohort of residents has joined the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system’s Chiropractic Residency Program this fall. Several chiropractors participating in the program will continue ACA’s blog series on the residencies over the next year, sharing their experiences and lessons learned working as part of an integrated hospital team. The residencies were launched in 2014 to provide participants with advanced clinical training in complex case management.
For the past year, Drs. Vivian Ly, Danielle Aslan and Jamie Zeman have shared insights and experiences from their chiropractic residencies in the Veterans Administration (VA) healthcare system. This summer, all three are moving on to the next chapter of their careers, but not without some important revelations about patient care, the roll of evidence, and more garnered during their unique educational experiences.